I've had my TDI Sportwagen for about 3 months now.
I went from a large SUV (Durango) to this wagon.
I LOVE IT.
I have owned SAABs in the past and appreciate the european feel to the interior.
The Panoramic sunroof is AWESOME.
Love the torque and power of the TDI and the DSG transmission is great.
The DSG does take a bit to get used to and I can understand why the previous reviewer complained.
The DSG "downshifts" when you are coming to a light much like you might in a manual.
The "bucking" can be experienced when the engine is cold (1-2 min) and you hover your throttle between giving it fuel and not..
However, once you realize what the deal is you can avoid that situation totally!
More rear seat legroom.
Thicker sheet Metal.
Driving lights as standard.
I have owned my jetta sportwagen TDI for 4 months and am very happy with it. Great combination of handling and fuel economy.
I have averaged 40 mpg over the 4000 miles put on the car so far. I love not having to go to the gas station!
Good performance--it hauls a$# when I hit the gas!
I don't love the exterior design, but it was a reasonable compromise to get the fuel economy and performance.
As of today we have owned our 2012 Jetta Sportswagon TDI
for one month. After owning large pick ups for most of my driving lifetime; I was skeptical about comfort.
But it is not a concern at all. The seats & interior design make for a very comfortable ride; even long distance. My husband is 6'4" & about 230lbs & fits comfortably & says he has plenty of head & leg room.
We both love the power of
the turbo charged diesel.
And the MPG is GREAT!!!
We have not gotten less than 45 mpg & that was due to city driving & sitting still in a drive through for over 10 min. Otherwise, it has been getting between 47 & 55 mpg on the Highway. Haven't changed any driving habits either.
This car has so many great features it is hard to choose just one. Amazing how VW can put so much into their vehicles for the cost. Hard to find another that compares. ( I researched this car for months before purchasing.)
If your looking for comfort, the feel of luxury, a fun to drive car & wonderful mpg; you will be impressed with the Jetta Sportswagon TDI.
This car is a well hidden little jewel that's not so little....on anything!
I must say I do not miss my Pick up one bit & that's a big statement from a true country girl!
Take a test drive; you'll be happy you did. I sure was surprised how much I love this Sportswagon.
More color options & availability through the dealers.
I have only had this car a week but so far it really has exceeded my expectations.
It took a few weeks before one of my local dealers had a manual model but the wait was worth it. I drove one with a DSG transmission and it was fine but with the manual it is just a more engaging car to drive.
The torque from this little turbo diesel is amazing.
It pulled up a big hill in 4th gear at 1500rpm at 40mph with no problem.
Great interior with lots of room.
I am getting right at 40mpg with mixed driving.
The car is not fast but it feels quick with great handling.
It really is a "SPORT"wagen. This car feels like it could cost a lot more than $25,000.
The entertainment system is really good.
You have a nice touch screen with many choices for media.
There is an iPod cable in the center console that provides great integration and puts your iPod music on the screen.
No playlists though. You also have an SD card slot for media files.
It works with AAC files from iTunes as well as mp3s.
You have Satellite radio and standard and HD radio as well as Bluetooth streaming.
There is also a standard 3.5mm jack on the console.
The Bluetooth phone integration with voice recognition works well and was easy to set up.
The system sounds good too.
It is hard to believe that this is the "standard" system.
To fold the rear seat requires that you remove the headrests.
They really are hard to remove without another person. This makes no sense at all. I will be modifying those! There is a 115 volt plug in the back seat at the bottom of the console.
It will only charge my MacBook Pro about 5 minutes before shutting off.
It is rated at 150 watts and the Apple charger is only supposed to draw 85 watts.
I would love to see power seats in this car. Currently only the recline is power. I would enjoy a larger fuel tank. As it is I am getting a little over 500 miles per tank with the 14.5 gallon tank.
A 20 gallon tank would be closer to 800.
How cool would that be?
I purchased this vehicle about a month ago. Automatic Transmission. I commute 50 miles to work each way daily. I traded in a reliable and loved subaru for the TDI for fuel economy. BIG MISTAKE. It drives terribly. From the second day of ownership the car bucks terribly the first few miles of driving if it has sat for longer than a 4 hour period of time. Dealership says this is normal. Whiplash is not normal in a brand new car. Also, the fan stays on for extended periods of time after driving. Also told this was normal. Cooling is fine, but an hour for the fan to stay on? I dont buy it. My relationship with VW isnt off to a good start. I have a feeling I will be returning to Subaru, and soon!
Fix the faulty DSG transmission issues. After further research I am learning that there are a lot of people who have bucking and hard shifting when starting out with a cold car. Even if its 80 degrees out. And stop telling people this is normal. Its a faulty tranny, own up to it.